Category Archives: Short Stories

#Shenzhen (1): a Modern Chinese City of Contrasting Experiences

I admit. I have been to Shenzhen before, three times. And I did not like it. The first time I travelled to Shenzhen was in the summer of 1999, when I was passing through, from Chongqing to Hong Kong. I … Continue reading

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#Interpreting: “You Can Lead a Horse to Water But You Can’t Make it Drink”

We have a member of staff who speaks Chinese and English and we use her as an interpreter. She never had any interpreting training. I wonder if you can train her and make her more effective? The request email came … Continue reading

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An Interpreter’s Day at a Magistrates’ Court – “Land of Hope”

Central Magistrates Court stood magnificently on John Street, a landmark building in the city centre. Built in 1891, it was one of the great architectural and sculptural achievements, in Pearl’s view. Her Majesty Queen Victoria was seated above the main … Continue reading

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Scene from a London Pub – St George and Dragon

The hunger had been rumbling in my empty belly for sometime. I could not help turning my thoughts longingly towards the meal that Dick Appleton had promised. “What about food?” I summoned enough courage with the help of alcohol. “Forget … Continue reading

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